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♪ hi, everyone. i'm richard lui in new york city. "pulse of america," where your voice can be heard in realtime. president trump rallying the base in pennsylvania to mark his 100th day in office with many campaign promises still to fulfill. will his next 100 day being easier or harder? facebook fighting fake news with new educational tools and a revised security strategy. is it even possible though to effectively police misinformation on social media? this weekend, marking the
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25th anniversary of the rodney king riots. my report from los angeles and we'll ask you about this, have race relations gotten better or worse since rodney king? and the white house correspondents' dinner going on without president trump there last night. was the president's decision not to be there, was that a smart move? all right, to voice your opinions, pull out your digital device. you can let us know what you think on our pulse questions by grabbing your phone or laptop. log on to msnbc -- or rather, pulse.msnbc.com/america. and there you can give us your response. by the way, you can vote as many times as you'd like throughout today's show. just, yeah, go ahead. you can overdo it. first off, we'll start off with this. new controversy for trump surfacing not long after the visit to pennsylvania with the crowd cheering him on 100 days into his administration. mr. trump pushed the tax plan and get tough approach on trade with a big serving of media bashing on the side.
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nbc's kelly o'donnell is at the white house for us right now. a lot to talk to you. good afternoon. >> reporter: it's afternoon now. these days fly by richard. here at the white house the president is out at one of his golf resorts. the one in virginia. so not that far from the white house. we are told there's some work going on there. one can also assume there's golf. we don't know for sure. but the president has some world leader calls he's been dealing with and we're talking about the exhale after 100 days. the administration, the president, the vice president, top officials have been talking about things they believe they have accomplished and what theye lking ahea to in the next chapter of this administration. so the president did an extensive interview which appeared this morning on "face the nation." and the vice president on our own "meet the press" and they're talking about key areas where they think they can make some progress. they are hopeful about changes to the health care law. they argue that they can protect those who have medical
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conditions, pre-existing conditions who are often hard to insure or expensive to insure and the protection that exists in the obamacare law is something that many people find useful and it's popular. so lawmakers are concerned about cutting that out. conservatives say that that's so expensive that it could sort of derail the attempts to lower costs and premiums. that's one of the things theyat they're talking about and the tax cuts that are written on a napkin. they have some bullet points that they want to do, for reducing rates for corporations and individuals. down the line, the vice president acknowledges that the cost of the tax cuts if they were to become law could likely increase the deficit. the argument from the president is that it would spur growth and that he's also trying to arrange better trade deals. that's one of the things that he's working on. that that would be a way to off set the cost. but that's a question too. is tax cuts worth it to consider the impact on the federal deficit, especially among
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supporters of the president who usually worry about the impact of the bills that the u.s. government has to pay. then on his own taxes, how many times we have asked the president about this. and the question today was it's been 14 months since the president said he was under a standard ait, and would release his taxes when that was completed. so more than a year later he was asked, well, where does that stand and the president said he's still under audit. when that concludes with no timetable involved, then he would consider what he would do. the question came up in particular because the treasury secretary has said the president has no intention of releasing his tax returns. and that he's provided a lot of other information in federal disclosures about his wealth and his business. but the president said he and the treasury secretary steven mnuchin haven't discussed that specifically, so the president kind of keeping the door open and yet saying people aren't interested in his tax returns. polling shows they are. lawmakers in both parties say
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it's important for any president to disclose this kind of information so the public can get a better idea of where the money is and what the conflicts could be. richard? >> all right, nbc's kelly o'donnell at the white house. thank you so much. president trump as kelly was telling us trying to get his health care overhaul back on track. declaring obamacare is dead. that in a tweet just this morning. the president then promised a new plan is on its way. in an interview that aired this morning he said the bill has evolved and is much different than weeks ago. >> pre-existing conditions are in the bill and i just watched another network than yours and they were saying pre-existing is not covered. pre-existing conditions are in the bill. and i mandated. i said it has to be. >> predissing was optional for the states. >> yes. in one of the -- so they're changing it. >> so it's permanent. >> yeah. >> so you're pre-existing --
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>> this has evolved over three or four weeks. now we have a good bill. i think they could have voted on friday. i said just relax, don't worry about this phony 100 day thing. take it easy. take your time. get the good vote and make it perfect. >> the president says he expects a house vote within weeks but on "meet the press" then, vice president pence stopped short of a guarantee. take a listen. >> i believe through a series of bills this first one that we -- we're hopeful there will be action in the house of representatives soon. and through executive action and through further action we'll repeal and replace obamacare and give the american people the kind of world class health care they deserve. >> by the end of the year? >> i hope before the end of the year. >> and that brings us to our first pulse question of the day for you. agree or disagree, president trump will be able to pass major legislation in his next 100 days. log on to pulse.msnbc.com/america, let us
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know what you think as we talk about it with daniel litman, iesha rasco, white house correspondent. i'm a reader of the playbook. so first daniel, we -- it's going this way. going that way. this is in. this is out. you saw the discussion. we don't know necessarily. what are we hearing about what might be in this next version based on the energy that came from last week going into next week on health care? >> it seems like when trump said he was not pushing for the bill to be voted on friday, that was, you know, not true. the white house was really pushing house republican leaders to, you know, vote on this, to get it passed before the 100 days but going forward, it looks like this bill has a good chance of passing the house. but the issue is does it pass in the senate because they have made the bill more conservative in a lot of different areas. >> well, what about the preexisting conditions though? that's the question here. >> you know, i think that is in
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the bill. if he says it's in the bill. >> okay. >> but they have mostly been negotiating with the freedom caucus with one member of the moderate caucus. and that's not enough to get all of the moderates to support this. >> iesha, you have been watching that from the white house there. this as the president is saying one thing. what we're hearing the debate on the hill a little bit differently. we have single members from different caucuses saying one thing or shawl we say freelancing. what are you hearing in terms of what exactly is going to be potentially in this health care amendment? >> well, i mean, it sounds like that what the freedom caucus has signed on for is something that would gi states the options of opting out of certain- certain mandates, of certain benefits. if they can prove that they are going to provide other things. that they're going to prove that they're going to be able to put people into these high risk pools. so a lot of the focus is going there. so that's what they're saying is
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going to happen. >> right. >> now, whether that's enough for moderates i don't know. >> what do you think of this, iesha, we have different folks leading as well. mike pence out in front more in the discussion of the difficult issue of health care. paul ryan took a step back. talk about the leadership coming from the white house on this move on health care and for that matter the tax plan too. >> i think what the white house has said is that they learn from the first failure with health care that they need to be more involved. that instead of just leaving it to paul ryan that they want to be able to get out in front of this and actually kind of drive the issue a bit. because they feel like in the first time they got let down. that's what they're trying to do. they're trying to be more proactive. they claim they're being very collaborative. they're talking to lawmakers every day. so that's what they're trying to do with this. >> daniel, how does day 101 file? >> it feels like we have had a full year of the presidency in
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washington. >> right, in view of day 100 because he was trying toave a headline by being out there in harrisburg. >> yeah. the funny thing that our viewers may not pick up on is that the -- they wanted to announce the nafta -- that he was pulling out of nafta on -- and really disrupt the schedule of white house reporters like us. get away from the white house correspondents' deal so we can talk about how nafta was being withdrawn from the u.s. the leaders of mexico and canada called him up and convinced him to hold off on that drastic step. >> so 102 tomorrow, what are you looking at that they'll push the various points they were making at the end of last week, where do you think they're going? >> well, i think they're still a lot of focus on trade, what's going to happen next with nafta. definitely on tax reform, there's a lot of meat that has to be put on those bones.
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it's still -- just kind of bullet points right now. so they have to -- if they want to try to move ahead with that, they have to start working out the finer details of what that's actually going to be. and then on health care, they seem to be getting close to a vote in the house. they're still going to have a long way to go in the senate, so those are i think some of the top things that they're going to be looking for in the next 100 days. >> so will the president be able to pass major legislation in the next 1 hundred hundr00 days, ie? >> i think so. maybe. >> daniel, yes or no? >> crystal ball says, yes, they need to pass something in next 100 days. >> i love talking to both of you. thank you. >> thanks. that was the first pulse question, agree or disagree, president trump will be able to pass major legislation in the next 100 days. you heard the answers from our two journalists. first the overall tug of war of what you think, breaking its down by political party. democrats strongly agree as you can see there. independents and republicans are more neutral.
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republicans, more right down the middle. looking at a graph of the gender breakdown, women strongly disagree, men also pretty close to them. in the final scoreboard, 12% agreeing that president trump will be able to pass major legislation in the next 100 days. % say nope. next, facebook's new strategy to crack down on those who maliciously try to spread bad information on social media. we're asking you this, agree or disagree, is it possible here to police fake news on social media? pulse.msnbc.com/america. let us know what you think. ♪ at lincoln, we're all about making things simpler for you. like, imagine having your vehicle serviced... from the comfort of your own home. introducing complimentary lincoln pickup and delivery servicing. because the most important luxury of all... is time. pickup and delivery servicing
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guess who's coming to dinner? well, if you were one ohio
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family friday night it was mark zuckerberg. he surprised a family in a town 55 miles outside of cleveland. he asked the staff to find democrats who voted for donald trump. he has challenged himself to meet with new people in each of the 50 states by the end of the year. his tour of america comes as facebook starts to crack down on fake news. the social media giant has shut down tens of thousands of accounts and a new internal document reveals how far reaching the problem might be which brings us to the second pulse question of the day. agree or disagree, it is impossible to police fake news on social media. nbc's gabe gutierrez has more on that. >> reporter: facebook is waging war against the spread of fake news. >> they're just a bunch of fake users with online lives that you manage, right? >> reporter: the growing problem straight out of the show "homeland." >> the case is over. find a new set of talking points in your folders. get outraged. >> reporter: but the real battle for truth may be stranger than
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fiction. according to the new company report known as the white paper, most of the bogus profiles aren't run by social bots but by people and governments can manipulate political opinion. the goal may not be to promote one candidate or cause but to fuel tension andreate chaos. >> the white paper is all about tracking down the sources for a lot of these fake news. they're really looking at not only the source, but the distribution methods that the actors are using. >> reporter: it goes beyond posting just fake news stories but amplifying them with coordinated likes to boost their release. the stakes are global. facebook says it's suspended 30,000 fake accounts before the first round of france's election just days ago, coming months after u.s. officials revealed russia used a sophisticated propaganda machine in 2016.
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and then following this warning from president obama. >> if we can't discriminate between serious arguments and propaganda, then we have problems. >> reporter: at the time, the critics zeroed in on facebook with ceo zuckerberg dismissing the impact at the technology conference. >> personally, i think the idea that, you know, fake news on facebook of which, you know, it's a very small amount of the content influenced the election in any way is i think a pretty crazy idea. >> gabe gutierrez with that report. facebook maintains the reach of fake news was marginal during the u.s. election and still they're taking action to ensure authentic debate in the future. whether or not facebook can succeed in the mission is a subject ofhe latest "new york mes" magazine cover. can facebook fix its own worst bug? joining us now the man who wrote
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the article there, and a former fbi double agent and author of "how to catch a russian spy." this is going to be a good conversation. farhan, you have been covering the markets in technology land for about 17 years, is that right? >> yeah, i have. >> so year 17 is magic for you. you come out with this article and you're looking at fake news and facebook and to stop the proliferation of it. what are they doing? >> they have sort of done a number of things. they're trying to kind of slowly and methodically tackle this problem. the question is sort of whether they can tackle it enough that it doesn't sort of change the nature of the company. and the problem they face is in order to kind of really police this, they have to insert themselves into the middle of partisan debates. it's unclear if they want to. >> are they using artificial
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intelligence, do they have a team of 1,000 little hands to find the bad stuff. how are they doing this? >> they're using ai, using computers and metrics but also kind of fed by the survey panel. one of the things they're doing so far is they're flagging fake news that has been sort of found by fact checking organizations like snopes, for example. they published a news literacy sort of guidelines for readers. so they're trying to reduce the appearance of certain -- certain kinds of publications in the feed, publications they flag as being purveyors of misinformation. will be reduced in the -- the likelihood that you'll see it in your feed will be lower. so they have been trying -- >> by how much, 20 or 30% lower, do you know? >> i mean, the thing about facebook is it's hyper
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personalized. so everyone's feed is different. so it's hard to i is a and they won't give -- hard to say and they won't give you the metrics as to how much they'll reduce this publication versus that. everyone's feed is different. i want is based on what you do. >> get in on this here, and did you have technology that you're already using? because obviously you are in the space of getting intelligence and determining whether it is right or wrong. >> well, first of all, his article is fascinating. to kind of pivot to that point, richard, the idea of intelligence analysis is very much what i think facebook has and facebook and twitter and other social media platforms have to move to. it's an upside down pyramid. you have data that's flowing down to the very small number of analysts. if you think of the new york police department, for example, people might be surprised to -- there's about 40 or 50 analysts actually working there. at the end of the day when you have something that's going to require a human decision -- editorial review as to whether
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something is quote/unquote fake news, someone is going to have me that decision. now, there's technology that can sit in between that. for example, if a fake ns site is reported as cnn or msnbc, one can assume those are legitimate journalistic outlets that you won't review that. but if it's a word press site, something that the domain is not recognized, look, a human has to look at the content and decide if it falls into that category. >> you know, a lot of folks will say, farhan, this is facebook. it's not an issue is of -- of whether they can do it. there's like 13 zeta bytes of information that gets passed off along to people. i might be off by a zeta byte or two. why don't they do it, there are a lot of big brains at facebook. >> it's a philosophical problem. if they become the arbiters of kind of what gets shared and what is allowed to be disseminated in every country,
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they instantly become a different kind of company. they become in the dark view of it, they become something like the ministry of truth in every country. in the kind of positive view of it, they become like "the new york times." like they become the news agency that's setting the agenda for the country. and i think they do not want to be that. i think that's the difficulty. philosophical -- it's a view of what facebook should be, and they think it should be a technology company rather than a media company. >> naveed, listen to what the chief of staff reince priebus had to say this morning. >> that's something he wants to pursue? >> i think it's something that we have looked at and how that gets executed or whether that goes anywhere is a different story. >> so this is about pursuing fake news by the white house and then -- the donald trump administration and potentially considering libel laws and go after those who they think may have conflicted with these new definitions of what libel might
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. do you see the trump administration here taking this step and how might they do them a can. >> well, i think it's a crazy path the trump administration to do down. there's a reality, we have state sponsored trolls. we saw 2016, we saw russia involved, using social media platforms on a large part. that doesn't mean real journalism should be attacked. i think part of the problem that we're having here and frankly priebus is monopolizing on that is the equalizing of real journalism with opinion. so look, as far as -- he's right, facebook should remain a technology company, but that doesn't mean they don't have terms of service or not promote the legitimate, objective, news reporting and someone's opinion and to go down the road, look, there's a story we don't like, we'll label it fake news, it's
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libellous reporting and sue them, like "the new york times" is crazy. not the right message they should be sending. instead, they should focus on transparency. >> well, the two of you have certainly resulted in those who have been participating in our poll so far to be pretty split down the middle. thank you so much. and by the way, this is the question we have been asking. agree or disagree, is it possible to police fake news on social media. look at the numbers here. overall, we've got 5 disagreeing -- it's almost 50. i don't know when we have seen this last. breaking it down by age for you. maybe we have a difference there. all age groups are generally neutral as well. we can see there as you get a little bit older you disagree. those very younger, really excuse me agreeing on that and then in terms of looking at the gender breakdown, men and women, both mostly neutral. wow, very uncommon. final scoreboard. 46/54, skewed more towards the
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and the affected areas i drove through some of it. it's heart breaking and upsetting to say the least. >> heavy rain in parts of missouri and arkansas are being blamed for at least six deaths in those states. the threat is not over. the threat is not over. mississippi, alabama and florida are under an enhanced risk of more tornadoes and severe storms through tomorrow. it's been 25 years since four police officers were found not guilty in the beating of rodney king. i went to los angeles to talk with people who lived through the historic violence that followed. you can make your voice heard. are race relations better or worse since the l.a. riots? log on to pulse.msnbc.com/america to let us know what you think. ♪
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this weekend marks 25 years since riots tore through los
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angeles, anger turning to violence after four police officers were acquitted of beating rodney king. residents and civil rights leaders took to the streets for a peace march to raise issues on events behind the riots. we're asking you are race relations better or worse since the l.a. riots? go to pulse.msnbc.com/america. racial tensions have eased in south los angeles where it all started. crime is down. poverty and isolation persist. along with fear that history will repeat itself. >> military commanders meet on the battlefield and iraq accepts the conditions for the permanent cease-fire. >> march 3, 1991, the first a iraq war ending. >> in the soviet baltic republic, a vote on the declaration of independence. >> the ussr ending. >> and the beaten man -- >> and this in the headlines starting.
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>> rodney king denied to reporters he resisted the los angeles policemen. >> a year later, the judge's decision polarized america. >> a surprise, a jury in the king trial returns no not gui y guilty -- not guilty verdicts. >> april, 1992, the deadliest riot in modern history. most expensive at over $1 billion. and not commonly known. probably the most diverse. 51% of arrests were latino. 36% black. 9% white. 2% asian. >> people, um, i want to say, you know, can we all get along? can we get along? >> like today, leyland porter was a bus driver in south central in 1992. his eyes remember. >> businesses around me started to close. and i immediately high tailed it home looking for my wife. >> toni richardson calls south central home today. she was born the year of the
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riots. her father's scarred leg borne of the riots. >> i imagine like my dad being out there while people are running around, setting fires, angry, going in cars wondering how he felt. and if he felt scared or if he felt that he was kind of contributing to the cause. >> toni lives with mom. mother cecile thinks 1992 and 2017 aren't much different. >> we have been seeing this all our lives. we have seen this, this was normal. >> the two live just a short walk from where the riots started 25 years ago. florence and normandie, more than 30 miles long. after some long years, some spots of change. florence and normandie, liquor stores, sandwich shops. chain gas stations. right across the street from one another. but still other signs that the community is still in transition.
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>> mercedes, homelessness, getting to work on one intersection. author of making black los angeles, professor marnie campbell. >> we have to kind of rethink at we think about south central. >> campbell notes it now majority latino american. from 45 to 65% today. and less african-american from 50 to 29%. toni was a student of professor campbell. campbell saying toni's understanding of racial nuance is innate. south central community leaders don't see amazing but they do see progress. there's a change for instance from the 1992 tension filled relationships between african and korean americans. >> i believe at least in race relations have improved. i think the second generation, they speak english. >> but they want more community investment. >> well, we need more private corporations in to help the government create something in the communities. that's what i look at social
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enterprise at. >> at the core is a blue collar working class community. >> from the hispanic perspective i think that's what you're built to go to work, get a job. because of that, that becomes a working class. >> but there's still those seven minutes of rodney king on tape. a historic first in the use of the term caught on tape. police in the line of duty, a black man being beaten. >> another '92 could have easily happened. it could happen in los angeles, and it could happen anywhere in the country. >> toni's solution is education. the usc grad student wants to be a university dean. >> peace is kind of the idea -- peace and equality is the goal instead of working off of anger. >> enter life long south central resident, leyland. he stuck it it oeven when things fell -- even when things fell apart. >> if i were to quit, then i would become part of the problem. i have to stay to show everyone
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else there is a level of good in my people. i'm here to scream that i the middle of the night. >> driving in the mide of the night, also why leyland says his wife prays. it seems to be working. >> all right. joining us right now is a mayor, and the son of cesar chavez and ron allen who covered the trial of the police officers and the riots that followed 25 years ago. starting with you on this ron, when we look at where it is today, and trying to understand the significance of what happened 25 years ago, how do we put it in context? >> i think the rodney king tape told america that this happens. because for years, if not decades, young african-americans claimed police brutality and nobody believed them. so the tape said, here. since then of course now fast
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forward to the present, we have had more of this. fueled by social media. but do some extent the problems are still the same. and the riots, which so many people called the rebellion or uprising giving it a more positive, a more purposeful notion some of the underlying problems that ignited all that are still endemic in american society, poverty, unemployment. poor education, poor schools. those things are what fueled that and they're still there in many cases today. >> yeah. >> so we've come some ways. it's hard to say how far we have come, but the bottom line is that, you know, there are still cases in ferguson and in cleveland and in baltimore that certainly echo rodney king. the good news is that the federal government ding the st ainistration made a lot of efforts treform police departments and that's one of the legacies of king in los angeles. the lapd it changed. enough i'll leave that for folks there. but there has been some change. i think the biggest thing about the king tape and that episode
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was that it told america, here, this is what we have been telling you happens day in and day out or week in and week out. you didn't believe us. but the officers were found not guilty. and the question i'm always asked, how surprising was that? it was very surprising to some extent. i thought they'd be found guilty of something. but after watching the trial and seeing how the defense so expertly took all the emotion out of the tape and demonized rodney king i wasn't stunned they were found not guilty. >> the new headline that i think folks across the country hadn't seen before, and that was that there were two communities, minority communities that were not getting along. we're talk about the korean american community and the african-american community. that was in the headlines at the time. do you agree with what was being said there in the community? >> i want to blow out this whole black/korean focus because
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really this was our first multiracial, multiethnic implosion in urban america. and, you know, there were of course incidents that you could point to. unfortunately, the experience of being followed around in store or the experience of being accused wrongfully of taking something, i mean, nobody mentions also the fact that what to be shah -- what tau shah harlins died and in another case, there was an extraordinary amount of tension surrounding that event. because you had an african-american teenager die from a shooting by an immigrant korean owned business and it was a point of tension because after the trial, what happened was the
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finding of a voluntary manslaughter, but the prison sentence was suspended and probation was granted. which if you know the rules of sentencing which i did because i was a former criminal defense lawyer, you know, the judge issued a sentence that was well within the guidelines. the rules. it was just extraordinary because there had been a homicide. the loss of a human life and typically you don't see that. so when that sentence came out there was a call for calm because we were waiting on what was happen inning the king beating -- happening in the king beating case, and it just happened again that the justice system let people down. people don't understand what goes on in a trial. you break things down so that what looks like common sense videotape beating, it gets broken down to frame to frame analysis. and then who was there to take the heat literally? it was korean small owned businesses. not because they intentionally
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move into these communities. but because that's the only place an immigrant family who has a little capital could invest in l.a. nobody knows about all of those families who tendered their insurance claims only to find out that the premiums that they had been paying for years were no good. the clere denied because the carriers of those insurance policies were operating off shore in the cayman islands. so this is a whole other strand that people don't know about. >> right. right. fernando, this isgreat to see in some spaces when you saw the three leaders of the community sitting next to each other and we saw the latino american, the korean american and african-americans sitting together. they said we'll do this together. even though the community has changed. it is dominantly latino american. before it was 50% african-american. what do you think the future is
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for not only a community like south l.a., south central, but what it says about america in the time that we have got left here? >> well, you know, i was hopeful that race relations had gotten better in the last few years although studies show both blacks and whites and latinos believe there's a greater disparity than there was eight or nine years ago. i'm not sure why that -- why it's happened. but you know to look forward, i'm really concerned with the trump administration. you know, the slogan make america great i think has empowered people on the fringe to believe that really should be make america white again. i think there's a fear that this country is changing dramatically, becoming minority, with latinos, blacks, asians and other immigrants, that there's a
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tremendous amount of fear to many individuals who think that this country is their country and not our country. in fact, this country belongs to all of us. >> all right. well, we have to leave it there. fernando chavez, ron allen, thank you all three. >> you're welcome. >> are race relations better or worse since the l.a. riots? let us know what you think. results are next. pulse.msnbc.com/america.
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up it was a night to celebrate the first amendment, but last night's white house correspondents' dinner in washington was missing a usual participant -- the president of the united states. he skipped the dinner to hold his own event in harrisburg, pennsylvania, to mark his first 100 days in office. so we're asking you, agree or disagree, it was a smart move
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for president trump to skip the white house correspondents' dinner? go to pulse.msnbc.com/america to let us know what you think. msnbc's savannah sellers has more on the tug of war between the president and the press. savannah? >> hi, richard. as you mentioned, president trump was not there. it was the first time in 36 years that the sitting president did not attend the dinner. back in 1981, ronald reagan was not in attendance for a very different reason. he was recovering from a gunshot wound from an assassination attempt. we took a look at what else was different this year and how this gathering of the press got started. the white house correspondents' dinner has been an event that brings oscar winners and journalists together over cocktails, all in the same ballroom as the president of the united states. the first dinner was a gathering of the men of the white house press corp at the arlington hotel and then a sitting president, coolidge, attended. 20 years later, bob hope became
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one of the first celebrity performers. since then, it's been attended by the who's who of hollywood. the most notable guest is always the president of the united states. but this year was noticeably different. >> you know this is not the appropriate year to go. >> it's no secret that president trump has a tumultuous relationship with the media. >> i called the fake news the enemy of the people and they are. even these really dishonest media people, the world's most dishonest. but i have never seen more dishonest media than frankly the political media. >> while he has attended as a private citizen, in february president trump announced he was skipping the annual dinner. members of the administration also staying away. instead, the president spent the night at a campaign style rally in pennsylvania. >> a large group of hollywood actors -- [ crowd boos ] and washington media are
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consoling each other in a hotel ballroom in our nation's capital right now. >> trump has been the butt of many jokes throughout the year. >> donald trump has been saying he'll run as a republican which is surprising since i just assumed he was running as a joke. >> in 2011, presint obama called him out. >> so ultimately you didn't blame lil jon or meatloaf. you fired gary busey. and these are the kind of decisions that would keep me up at night. >> this year the absence of the president mixed with his strained relationship with the media meant for a different type of night. >> we've got to address the elephant that's not in the room. the leader of our country is not here. and that's because he lives in moscow. it is a very long flight. it would be hard for vlad to make it. as for the other guy i think he's in pennsylvania because he can't take a joke.
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>> as you can see, there was a noticeably difficult atmosphere in the room. not just because the president wasn't there. but also the lack of celebrities in the room. that coupled with the emphasis on the first amendment and remarks by veteran journalist bob woodward and karl bernstein refocused it on journalism. president trump has said he might attend next year's dinner. >> savannah, thank you. we have been asking you agree or disagree, it was a smart move for president trump to skip the white house correspondents' dinner? here are the numbers, final scoreboard, 15% agree. look at the other side, 85% disagree. numbers are moving back and forth a little bit. thanks for participating. much more at the top of the hour. president trump is not letting up on north korea. we're live at the white house for his latest response to the failed missile test and a look at the week ahead. dentures. i love kiwis. dentures. i've always had that issue with the seeds getting under my denture. super poligrip free. it creates a seal of the dentures in my mouth.
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